Disaster Surveillance: Perspectives from Federal, State, and Local levels

In this panel, the presenters will discuss their perspective in responding to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Hurricane Harvey made landfall on August 25th and over the course of 4 days dropped approximately 27 trillion gallons of water on Texas and Louisiana. The flooding that ensued was unprecedented and forced over 13,000 people into shelters. These individuals needed to have their basic needs -food, shelter, clothing, sanitation- met as well as their physical and mental health needs.

January 25, 2018

How do we present messy syndromic surveillance data to public health’s partners?

With increasing awareness of SyS systems, there has been a concurrent increase in demand for data from these systems – both from researchers and from the media. The opioid epidemic occurring in the United States has forced the SyS community to determine the best way to present these data in a way that makes sense while acknowledging the incompleteness and variability in how the data are collected at the hospital level and queried at the user level.

January 25, 2018

Special Event Data

Problem Summary

A truncated historical dataset is provided from one or more subregions with multiple participating hospitals with enough variety in the patient volume and demographics to make the problem challenging and to generate alerting solutions useful to other regions.

October 30, 2017

Opioid Surveillance Webinar Series #3 Part 2: Drug Overdose Surveillance in Florida Using Death Record, Poison Control, and Emergency Department Data

This is the second part of the third installment of the ISDS Opioid Surveillance Webinar Series, held on July 27, 2017. Part 2 starts at 44:32.

This presentation will focus on using multiple data sources housed within Florida’s syndromic surveillance system to monitor drug overdoses within the state.

Presenter: 

David Atrubin, MPH , Surveillance Epidemiologist , Florida Department of Health 

July 28, 2017

The Evaluation of Triage Notes Using ESSENCE-FL for Active Case Finding of Zika

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) utilizes the Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community Based Epidemics (ESSENCE-FL) as its statewide syndromic surveillance system. ESSENCE-FL comprises of chief complaint data from 231 of 240 EDs, representing 96 percent of the total number of EDs in Florida. Historically, syndromic surveillance has categorized patient chief complaint data into syndromes for the purpose of disease surveillance or outbreak detection.

August 20, 2017

Identifying and Communicating the Importance of the Variable Nature of SyS Data

As syndromic surveillance systems continue to grow, new opportunities have arisen to utilize the data in new or alternative ways for which the system was not initially designed. For example, in many jurisdictions syndromic surveillance has recently become population-based, with 100% coverage of targeted emergency department encounters. This makes the data more valuable for real- time evaluation of public health and prevention programs. There has also been increasing pressure to make more data publicly available – to the media, academic partners, and the general public. 

July 06, 2017

Jurisdictional Usage of the New ESSENCE Word Alert Feature

Syndromic surveillance systems have historically focused on aggregating data into syndromes for analysis and visualization. These syndromes provide users a way to quickly filter large amounts of data into a manageable number of streams to analyze. Additionally, ESSENCE users have the ability to build their own case definitions to look for records matching particular sets of criteria. Those user- defined queries can be stored and analyzed automatically, along with the pre-defined syndromes.

July 10, 2017

MERS PUI Surveillance and Restrospective Identification in ESSENCE-FL, 2013-2015

Human MERS-CoV was first reported in September 2012. Globally, all reported cases have been linked through travel to or residence in the Arabian Peninsula with the exception of cases associated with an outbreak involving multiple health care facilities in the Republic of Korea ending in July 2015. While the majority of MERS-CoV cases have been reported in the Arabian Peninsula, several cases have been reported outside of the region. Most cases are believed to have been acquired in the Middle East and then exported elsewhere, with no or rare instances of secondary transmission.

July 16, 2017

Characterizing Fentanyl-Associated Mortality using the Literal Causes of Death

In October 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released health advisory #384 to inform people about increases in fentanyl fatalities. Florida’s statewide syndromic surveillance system, Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community-based Epidemics (ESSENCE-FL), captures electronic death record data in near real time which allows for the monitoring of mortality trends across the state.

August 15, 2017

Day of Week Analysis of Myocardial Infarctions Using ESSENCE-FL Emergency Department Data

Syndromic surveillance ED data has historically shown the highest number of visits on Mondays, with decreasing volumes throughout the week. Previous studies have shown that increased negative health outcomes have occurred on Mondays. A study in the European Journal of Epidemiology provided evidence that suggests a higher incidence of cardiovascular events on Mondays compared to other days of the week.

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August 31, 2017

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